Protests cost Wichita police about $1.5 million in overtime

September 28, 2020 - 1:22 pm
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The Wichita Police Department spent more than $1.5 million in overtime for officers and other employees to monitor protests in the city in early June.

The department implemented a plan to ensure public safety during social justice demonstrations that began after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. The demonstrations stayed calm in Wichita except for two nights in early June, when police cleared protesters after vandalism and looting.

The Wichita Eagle reports the plan ran from June 2 to 14, with police employees claiming more than 30,000 in paid overtime hours and more than 5,500 hours of compensatory time.

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